Changing Rubber

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vibhaG
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One of my students was using pimpled rubber and the Challenger on the Forehand side.

She has changed to plain from pimpled, and she is facing challenges.

Can you please detail about 

a) what are the changes required 

b) Her service receive technique has become very suspect

c) She has a very good looping technique(including backhand)

d) She is very suspect when playing slow game using plain rubber.

Your advice will be appreciated.

 

Larry Hodges
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Re: Changing Rubber

>One of my students was using pimpled rubber and the Challenger on the Forehand side.

>She has changed to plain from pimpled, and she is facing challenges.

If I understand you correctly, she was using pips-out Challenger on the forehand, and switched to smooth inverted, correct?

>a) what are the changes required 

It depends on whether she is hitting or looping her forehand. If hitting, then the stroke is a bit more forward than with pips-out, but that will likely come naturally. With pips-out, you stroke more up both because the surface isn't as grippy, and because you need to to create adequate topspin.

>b) Her service receive technique has become very suspect

With both surfaces you graze the ball for spin. I don't think I can say much on this without seeing it. But she should get more spin with inverted, if she's serving correctly.

>c) She has a very good looping technique(including backhand)

I'm guessing she had a good loop versus backspin with the pips-out? Then doing so with inverted should be easier.

>d) She is very suspect when playing slow game using plain rubber.

Not sure what you mean here. Do you mean when pushing?